Improving water supplies and sanitation
29 October 2016
Peru is among those countries most likely to be affected by climate change. The arid nature of the western highlands and the coastal strip already puts water supplies at a premium, and the speed at which glacial melt is progressing puts future supply at risk. The needs of mining and irrigated agriculture will simply exacerbate water shortages.
The emphasis given by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to tackling water shortages and improving the quality of supplies to vulnerable populations is therefore welcome. Water and sanitation were among the areas in which the Congress has authorised the executive to pass legislation. We wait to see what sort of changes emerge from this and (in particular) how much money the new government will channel into public investment in this area. Meanwhile, The Guardian this past week published an article on water supply which readers may find interesting, asking whether Kuczynski’s “grand vision will end Peru’s water crisis”.